Growing demand for the chance to discuss Shetland’s proposed 600 megawatt windfarm has caused the company behind the plan to set up more public consultation meetings.
Community-owned Viking Energy has added a series of meetings to their consultation timetable to ensure maximum discussion about the plans to erect more than 160 turbines in the isles’ central and north mainland.
Viking Energy and partners Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) have already held a series of public meetings discussing the £1 billion project with large numbers of local residents. The two companies have also visited schools, getting a very enthusiastic response.
A questionnaire issued with a public prospectus has also received feedback from hundreds of islanders.
Viking project manager Aaron Priest said: “We knew folk would be keen to discuss this venture and we have seen this with the growing audiences that have been attending the meetings.
“Suggestions have been given by members of the public that they would like more chances to express their views so the Viking Energy team have reacted to this and have arranged specific events that members of the public asked for more information on.
“Main points of discussion have been the effect that the wind farm would have on tourism, the finances of the project and a session dedicated to the infrastructure associated with the wind farm.”
The new dates have been published on the Shetland News website.
29 March 2007
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